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Nina V Fedoroff

Nina V Fedoroff

Professor Emerita

Research Interests

Professor Fedoroff’s research interests include the molecular mechanisms of microRNA precursor processing, genetic and epigenetic regulation of transposon activity. Other research interests include novel approaches to genetic modification of plants, biological approaches, including the use of transgenics to insect pest control. Also, the genetic modification of crop plants to increase heat and salt tolerance, the domestication of halophytes, and various aspects of the design and improvement of integrated agriculture and aquaculture.

Selected Publications

  • Iwata, Y., Takahashi, M., Fedoroff, N., and Hamdan, S. (2013).  Dissecting the interactions of SERRATE with RNA and DICER-LIKE 1 in Arabidopsis microRNA precursor processing. Nucleic Acids Res. doi: 10.1093/  nar/gkt667.

  • Fedoroff, N. (2013).  Plant Transposons and Genome Evolution. (Wiley-Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ), See More

  • Fedoroff, N. V. and R. Beachy (2012). Facilitating market access for GE crops developed through public sector research.  In: C. A. Wozniak and A.McHughen (eds), Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology: The United  States and Canada, pp 377-90.

  • Fedoroff, N. V. (2012). Transposable elements, epigenetics, and genome evolution. Science 388: 758-767.

Education Profile

  • 1972    Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, Molecular Biology
  • 1966  B.S., Syracuse University, Biology and Chemistry, summa cum laude

Professional Profile

  • 2011-present   Distinguished Professor of Biosciences, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2011 -2012      President, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • 2010-present   Evan Pugh Professor, Penn State University
  • 2010 - 2011     Distinguished Visiting Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
  • 2007 - 2010    Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U. S. Department of State, and S & T Adviser to the Administrator of the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • 1995 - 2010   Willaman Professor of the Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor, Biology Department, and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State University.
  • 1995 - 2002    Director, Biotechnology Institute and Founding Director, Huck Institute of the Life Sciences, Penn State University.
  • 1978 -1995     Staff Member, Carnegie Institution of Washington (now the Carnegie Institution for Science), Department of Embryology, and Assistant, Associate and Professor, Biology Department, Johns Hopkins University.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Genetics Society of America
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • International Society for Plant Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Plant Biology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi
  • 1989     American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected
  • 1989-1999  National Institutes of Health Merit Award (10 year research grant)
  • 1990    National Academy of Sciences, elected
  • 1990     Howard Taylor Ricketts Award
  • 1992    Outstanding Contemporary Woman Scientist, New York Academy of Sciences,
  • 1996   Named one of the 50 most outstanding alumni of the Damon Runyan-Walter Winchel Foundation.
  • 1997   Sigma Xi John P. McGovern Science and Society Medal
  • 1998    American Academy of Microbiology, elected
  • 2002    Evan Pugh Professorship, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2002     European Academy of Sciences, elected
  • 2003    Arents Pioneer Medal, Syracuse University
  • 2006    National Medal of Science
  • 2008    Honorary Doctorate, Rockefeller University
  • 2010    Leadership in Science Public Service Award, American Society of Plant Biology
  • 2010    International Academy of Food Sciences and Technology
  • 2011    Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2013   The Nevada Medal  


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